Purple Lotus, seed grown tree peony
Notable characteristics: Luminous purple petals the texture of wind blown silk, radiate from the dark maroon center of these flowers. A very attractive landscape plant, that will quickly grow into an impressive specimen. These seed grown plants are crosses of the Chinese tree peony Paeonia rockii and Japanese tree peonies. They are one-of-a-kind, seed grown plants, and there is some variability in flower form and color. These 5 year old plants have all bloomed in shades of purple with deep magenta flares at the base of the petals. Flower forms are all open, either single or light semi-double. Deer resistant. Herbicide, pesticide, and fungicide free. Grown in Connecticut.
Growth habit and size at maturity (10 years old): Upright, flowers held well above the foliage. Grows to about 4.5' tall and 4' wide.
Flower form and size: Lotus or light semi-double, 8-10". These tree peonies tend to be very floriferous and vigorous growers.
Flower fragrance: Sweet.
Bloom time: Mid-season blooming, flowers in our USDA zone 6a garden in the last week of May or first week of June.
Zone hardiness: Proven in USDA zones 4-9.
Plant size: 3 year old tree peonies usually have 1-2 thick woody stems and a well developed root system. Current size with foliage is 18-22 " tall and wide. This size plant may flower its first spring in the ground, though it might need one more year.
Plant size: 5 year old tree peonies usually have 4-6 thick woody stems and a well developed root system. Current size with foliage is 22-28 " tall and wide. This size plant has flower buds set and will most likely flower its first spring in the ground.
When we ship: Reserve for SPRING 2019 shipping to all USDA zone 4-8. USDA ZONE 9 CAN SHIP DEC.-FEB. for planting in cool weather.
We operate like a CSA (community supported agriculture) where payment in received in advance of the harvest, and the produce is reserved for the customer. Our produce is our nursery stock, which is harvested in the fall, when the current season's growth is complete.
About us: Cricket Hill Garden is a family owned and operated nursery founded in 1989 and based in Connecticut. We propagate and grow the vast majority of the plants we sell. Most garden centers and nurseries do the opposite of this, 'buying in' and reselling most plants they offer. Growing our own stock allows us to offer the rare and unusual plants we sell as well as provide the highest quality plants to the discerning gardener. We do not use synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fungicides in our nursery production.